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Lifting Tip: Work One Arm or Leg at a Time

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak who's trained Alicia Keys, Eva Mendes, and Halle Berry has a little tip for us when it comes to strength training. He recommends a one sided workout like this: "Work with only one arm or one leg at a time when strength training with dumbbells. This way, while you're resting one side of your body you'll keep the other side going strong."

I love this idea of focusing on one side at a time. In some exercises, you can cheat by letting your dominant side do the brunt of the work, so this technique allows you to concentrate on strengthening both sides equally. This workout may take you twice as long, but Harley assures that "your heart will also have to keep pumping hard through your entire workout, which means that you'll actually burn more calories overall." Give it a try the next time you strength train.


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Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
great idea!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, this is not for me. I do upper body weight training. I hold individual dumb bells on each side. They're both working equally. Also, I prefer to work both at the same time. It's great for my core, and balance. I stand when I do my weights.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Wow, I really want her stomach muscles.
kia kia 8 years
I always do one leg at a time on machines when I do my legs. I had a knee surgery from soccer in college and it was a big part of my therapy and I still rely on it so that I don't overcompensate with one leg over the other. It also helps me better focus on a particular body part during the workout.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
So true. Doing one-leg workouts, such as one-leg squats and deadlifts, can improve strength, speed, and balance as well!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I think a lot of us need to do that, specially because we always have a dominant side, I know mine is the right one.
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